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Plum School Board Holds First Meeting Since Arrest Of 2 Teachers

PLUM BOROUGH (KDKA) -- The Plum School Board met Tuesday evening for its first regular meeting since sex allegations surfaced against two high school teachers.

Several parents, mostly fathers, addressed the board asking they enact new, strict policies regarding teacher conduct with students, even on social media.

Superintendent Timothy Glasspool told KDKA the administration is working on new measures, but he wouldn't elaborate on what they are or when they might be adopted.

"As a resident, as a father, as an educator, I mean, we're disheartened at the accusations and at the allegations and at the possibility of this happening," said Glasspool. "But again, we're working in conjunction with the police department and are taking all of this very seriously and are taking actions behind the scenes that we can't really share with the public right now."

Science teacher Jason Cooper was arrested Feb. 11 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student. Less than a week later, a second teacher, Joseph Ruggieri was arrested on charges of corruption of minors and institutional sexual assault for his alleged relationship with another female student.

Glasspool says district officials talk to police "every day" about the two ongoing investigations.

The district is prohibited from discussing personnel matters publically.

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